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His Majesty the Shah of Persia agrees to relinguish all claims to sovereignty
over the territory and city of Herat and the countries of Afghanistan, and
never to demand from the chiefs of Herat, or of the countries of Afghanistan,
any marks of obedience, such as the coinage or " Khutba," or tribute.
His Majesty further engages to abstain hereafter from all interference with
the internal affairs of Afghanistan. His Majesty promises to recognize the
Independence of Herat and of the whole of Afghanistan, and never to attempt
to interfere with the independence of those States.
In case of differences arising between the Government of Persia and the
countries of Herat and Afghanistan the Persian Government engages to refer
them for adjustment to the friendly offices of the British Government, and not
to take up arms unless those friendly offices fail of effect.
The Treaty of Paris, Art. 6.
The Accession of Nasir-u-Din> 1848.—After the death
of Mohamed Shah there was no opposition to the accession
of the Heir-Apparent, whose age was sixteen* Disorders,
however, broke out in the provinces, and the capital was
the scene of intrigues, mainly directed against Haji Mirza
Aghasi. On the advice of the British and Russian
ministers he withdrew from the direction of affairs..
Nasir-u-Din reached Teheran from Tabriz about six
weeks after the decease of his father, and was crowned
at midnight.
Mirza Taki Khan, Amir-i-Nizam«—In Persia the
Vizier almost invariably plays a preponderating r61e, and
therefore at a time when it seemed possible that the
country would break up the choice of a chief Minister
by the new Shah was most important. Usually the post
is filled by a man of humble origin, and to this rule Mirza
Taki Khan was no exception. His father was cook, and